Candidates for Oklahoma Rep. Dan Boren's congressional seat are in tight money fight

Republican Markwayne Mullin gets big help from GOP lawmakers, but Democrat Rob Wallace banks more money overall in latest fundraising period for eastern Oklahoma race
by Chris Casteel Published: October 17, 2012
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Financial backing

Wallace, a former state and federal prosecutor, and Mullin, a plumbing company owner, won runoffs in August to claim their parties' nominations for the open 2nd District seat. Their reports cover the period from Aug. 9 through September.

In that period, Wallace raised $367,026, with $285,176 coming from individuals and $81,850 from political action committees, primarily unions and a congressional group of moderate Democrats known as Blue Dogs.

Mullin raised $322,428, with $179,731 coming from individuals, $132,000 from political action committees, $5,000 from the national Republican Party and nearly $5,300 coming from his own pocket. Mullin also received donations of $5,000 each from the political action committees of Devon Energy and Chesapeake Energy.

1st District report

In the 1st District, where incumbent Rep. John Sullivan was knocked off by Republican challenger Jim Bridenstine in the June primary, Bridenstine collected $271,465, including $107,000 from political action committees for his general election race against Democrat John Olson. Bridenstine, of Tulsa, had $162,224 in the bank at the end of September.

Olson, of Tulsa, raised $137,882 between July 1 and Sept. 30, including $7,500 from political action committees; he had $56,554 left on Oct. 1.


by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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OTHER DISTRICTS

Campaign finance reports also were filed in the three other congressional districts. Candidates who don't raise or spend at least $5,000 are not required to file reports.

3rd District

• Rep Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne

Contributions collected between July 1 and Sept. 30: $221,722

Cash in Account on Sept. 30: $619,288

4th District

• Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore

Contributions collected between July 1 and Sept. 30: $143,222

Cash in Account on Sept. 30: $1,011,791

• Donna Marie Bebo, Democrat, Fletcher

Contributions collected between July 1 and Sept. 30: $15,492

Cash in Account on Sept. 30: $5,798

5th District

• Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City

Contributions collected between July 1 and Sept. 30: $193,037

Cash in Account on Sept. 30: $411,723

• Tom Guild, Democrat, Edmond

Contributions collected between July 1 and Sept. 30: $38,605

Cash in Account on Sept. 30: $41,016

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